Bagh­dad bomb blast toll rises to 200

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS -

Anger is grow­ing in Bagh­dad over the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to pro­tect civil­ians, after a dev­as­tat­ing bomb­ing in a crowded com­mer­cial area in the Iraqi cap­i­tal killed more than 200 peo­ple, in­clud­ing many chil­dren.

The pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion early on Sun­day came near the end of the Is­lamic holy month of Ra­madan, when the streets were filled with young peo­ple and families out after sun­set.

The death toll from the blast in Karada, a pre­dom­i­nantly Shia neigh­bour­hood in central Bagh­dad, rose to over 200 on Mon­day morn­ing, as the bod­ies of more vic­tims were pulled from the rub­ble.

There were fears the death toll could rise even fur­ther.

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